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How long with Directv

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#26 OFFLINE   Starchild



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Joined around November 1996. Customer number is a 7 digit beginning with 1.

My local cable company refused to have the monthly pay per views for WWE. They would only carry the "big four". I had heard about directv for a while and went into a SAMs club where I saw a do it yourself kit with a GE receiver. I think it was around $149 or so. I bought 2 and installed it myself. I hated the days when it seemed like every receiver you bought had to come with a new dish. I had so darn many of them!

Went HD with a Mitsubishi HD receiver in 2001 when there was only HD Theatre and HDNet and never looked back.

Cable isn't offered in my town. Neither is an alternative from the phone company. Even if it was I would never turn my back on Directv. They just keep improving.
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#27 OFFLINE   Groundhog45


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Fall of '97. I bought a package system that included the dual LNB 18" dish and two receivers from Toshiba. Separate programming from DirecTV and USSB. I've still got the receivers in storage somewhere. Account # 46xxxxx.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:41 PM

This is year 10 for me. I started satellite TV in 1997 with DishNetwork and loved the service and thought they could do no wrong. I was one of the first in the area with the Dishplayer 7100. When HD came along I bought one of the their first HD receivers and paid full price. I then started to realize that Charlie did not value his long time customers.

In 2003 DirecTV gave me 2 DirecTIVo's and a free Samsung HD receiver to win me over. Then a reduced price 10-250 HD TIVO and then upgraded me to the HR20, HR21, HR24 and i am going on one year with a HR 34.

I have enjoyed my DirecTV experience and the information provided by DBSTalk and don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:06 AM

Since September of 2000, when I bought my first home. They even had a deal for NFL Sunday ticket back then. :)





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#30 OFFLINE   Rosco



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:20 AM

630xxx account number from probably spring '95. Never had a problem with Directv or CSR's. I have been very instrumental in getting family members on board with signing up with Directv and have been helping them with going HD, and whole home DVR. I have been around for the echo star phone calls trying to get me to switch "because they are going to merge anyway" tactics. Never thought about switching providers because I get what I want for my tv dollar and then some. Last call I had to Directv was when my DVR kept getting an internal message about the hard drive failure and the CSR was more than happy to help me get a replacement DVR.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:32 AM

November 1995 Sony dish and install by Maidencreek Appliances near Reading, PA. Previously had Channel Master C-Band system (10 ft). Oh, I'll be turning 68 this March 4. DIRECTV and DBSTalk.com have provided this retired electrical engineer a very enlightening and happy retirement.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:27 AM

Had the service since 2000

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:40 AM

Account #1: July 31, 1994 -#011xx
Account #2: October, 1997 - #404xxxx

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:53 AM

Nov 1994. Got the system and Circuit City and went online within about 48 hours after that. Haven't looked back since....

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

I FEEL like I have Directv since its debut. I sold them while working at Circuit City in 94 and we had a demo running. Then I moved to Radio Shack and we had all tv's wired up for it and I would stay late after we closed to watch tv.

Then I got it at home in July 2001.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Fall of 1997 here....45xxxxx acct number

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

I joined right before USSB and DirecTV merged. It was either December 1998 or January 1999. I had an RCA dish and the first RCA receiver with optical audio output and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. There was a Dolby Digital demo channel that had a train with sound effects that circled the room. The SD picture quality at that time was as good as DVD, and HD did not yet exist.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Since 2000

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:28 AM

March 1996. I'm still using the original Sony dish and receivers. I doubt that I have called customer service more than four times. The last two were years ago. Once when I dropped Starz/Encore because I never watched it. The last time was almost 10 years ago. I dropped Game Day because I started working Saturdays.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

September 1994. Bought our house on the 10th, got married on the 24th, honeymoon started on the 25th. Got home and my dad had it installed as a wedding present. Our street was not completely built out and cable was going to be another month. (I figured newly married I wouldn't need TV for a month. ;))

My dad is 93 and is a customer. Any older than that?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:42 AM

Jan 1998 It was a cold (65 degrees :lol:) in Central FL when I installed that 18 " round dish.

I still remember how amazing the NFL play off games and Super Bowl looked.

Also the PQ and number of games to watch with NHLCI had me hooked on D*.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Since Sep. '95 here;

Acc.# in the 1xxxxxx range.

Left crappy analog cable at the time (then "Continental Cable") and never looked back. Started with an installed system from a 3rd party re-seller of 5 first generation RCA receivers fed from a 101 round dish with a dual lnb through two CM electromechanical 2x4 multiswitches in parallel costing ~$4000 after all was said and done.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

Summer 1996 for me and it was a great joy to get rid of crappy cable.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:03 AM

Fall 1995 for me.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

I'm not sure when I first started. D* used to say it was 1999. I remember it was in the spring. I bought a Sony 2 receiver system from an on-line auction site called OnSale for around $250. One of those receivers let the smoke out about 7 yrs ago. I'm still using the other one. The Sony dish is long gone.
In 2001 I got a single receiver RCA system for use on my boat. The dish was mounted to the dock at the marina.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

Around April of 1997. Self Install with Sony B-1 (Ithinkl). Still have that reciever stored in the garage.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

I've been a customer since around 1996 when I lived in Southeast MO. Bought my first RCA dish and receiver at Radio Shack when the apartment complex discontinued the cable service as an included utility.

Around 1998, I was persuaded by Pegasus to move my service to them in exchange for two new Hughes receivers free of charge. I upgraded to a Tivo in 2002. It was either before the Tivo installation (which I did a self-install after purchasing at Best Buy) or when I activated the Tivo, my account was moved from Pegasus back to D*. I am having a hard time recalling whether Pegasus customers were taken over by D* or how that transpired.

In 2005, I moved back home with my Mother after the death of my father. When I married in 2007, my mother retained my account and a new account was created at my new residence with my wife. It disturbs me to this day when D* CSR's thank me for being a loyal customer since 2007.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Fall of 1994 so that I could my wife, a displaced Buffalo Bills fan, the shiny new NFL Sunday Ticket as an anniversary gift.

At that time we had to go through the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and Pegasus. I've forgotten which order but eventually, mid 90's, we were allowed to deal directly with DirecTV.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

Mid 90's sometime, don't recall the exact date/year. Got it as soon as it was available, think I bought the receiver and dish at Sears and did a self install (the only option back then). Account number is low 6 digits (17xxxx). Did have a couple of year break in service along the way, but otherwise have been continuous customer.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I want to say 1996 or 1997 was my first go with DIRECTV, got the first Sony A1 STB and dish that the local Circuit City store got in. Left for a couple years to give Dish and Comcast a try when they had more HD channels then DIRECTV did but came back for good in 2004.

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